With the relaxation of COVID restriction, Bob and his son helped me relocate the layout.
As the layout was never designed to be "portable", I knew it was going to be a bit awkward. Bob brought down his trailer (for the collapsible table).
The wiring from the extension, to the main board was disconnected, and the two sections separated. The extension benchwork was maneuvered into the back of my Honda, but the main board was not going to fit my trailer unless the long backscene was removed
|The extension on its side.|
|The fixed legs meant that the extension was a snug fit in my Honda CRV. This is not a layout that was designed to be frequently moved.|
The 4km trip to the museum was easy, and I stayed below 50km/h to minimise any adverse effects from wind. Then came the interesting exercise of getting the layout back into the room.
This involved moving the main board through a window opening into the "train room", and the only damage, was one of the trees was dislodged. (A simple fix).
In the train room, the layout was reassembled in situ As expected, there was some leg adjustments for the uneven flooring. Reconnection of the electric wires, power pack, and a test train was run around successfully.
As painting the backscene is simpler for Bob without having to lean over the layout, the backscene was left off. The museum is also hoping to get the Perspex front installed, the electrics, and curtains fitted. I am sure they will want to do some other "improvements", but I think my work is done for now.